Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)


Name of initiative Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative No
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Starting year 1997
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Secretariat Sustainable Agriculture Network established legal headquarters in Mexico in January 2010, main office is based in Costa Rica.
Organisational structure Permanent secretariat, Governing body,
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN)
Type of lead organisation NGO/Civil Society
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Mexico


Description The Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) is a coalition of non-profit conservation organizations in America, Africa, Europe and Asia promoting the environmental and social sustainability of agricultural activities through the development of standards for best practices, certification and training for rural farmers around the world. Our vision of the world is one where agricultural activity contributes to biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods.
Objectives Our mission is to be a global network transforming agriculture into a sustainable activity.

These are the SANs strategic goals: -Effectiveness: Develop programs and systems that are effective in maximizing the sustainability of agriculture. -Transformation: Build a critical mass to promote and support sustainable agricultural practices. -Global reach: Combine worldwide representation and local influence to ensure that priority areas benefit from SAN. -Institutional resilience: Strengthen and develop SAN in order to provide consistent and high quality delivery of programs.

Activities To accomplish this, we help farmers to implement best practices and we develop standards for best agricultural and cattle production practices that we coordinate in a certification system.

We implement this certification system jointly with local partners in different countries and with the Rainforest Alliance global organization. Products grown on farms that comply with our standards use the Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM seal. In September 2016, the SAN launched the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture SAN Standard. This standard is the basis of our Assurance Solutions services and of the Rainforest Alliance certification system, which is used in more than 100 crops and 50 countries.

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Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Political dialogue, Technical dialogue, Implementation
Activity of initiative Awareness raising and outreach, Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Technical operational implementation (ex-post), Policy planning and recommendations
Knowledge dissemination and exchange — Workshops and meetings for exchanging the knowledge
Value (#)12
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Participants Number Names
Members 11  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 11 ASK (India),  CEFCA - Centre d' Etudes Formation et Conseils e Audits (Ivory Coast),  FIIT - Fundación Interamericana de Investigación Tropical (Guatamala),  Fundacion Natura Colombia (Colombia),  ICADE - Instituto para a Cooperación y el Autodesarrollo (Honduras),  Imaflora - Instituto de Manejo e Certificação Florestal e Agricola (Brazil),  NatureKenya (Kenya),  NEPCon (Denmark),  Pronatura Sur (Mexico),  Rainforest Alliance (USA),  RSPB (United Kingdom),  SalvaNatura (El Salvador).
National states 0
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 14 August 2020 12:38:54

Not only have national states as participators